Judge declares mistrial in Roger Clemens case
Former baseball star Roger Clemens, right, walks into a federal court in Washington on Wednesday with his lawyer Rusty Hardin.
July 14th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Judge declares mistrial in Roger Clemens case

A federal judge declared a mistrial in the perjury trial of ex-baseball all-star Roger Clemens on Thursday after jurors heard references to statements that the judge had ruled inadmissible except on rebuttal.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said prosecutors should have modified a video that showed Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, during a 2008 congressional hearing talking about a deposition from the wife of former New York Yankees player Andy Pettitte.

Clemens is accused of perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone. The former all-star pitcher testified under oath before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008 that he never used illegal performance-enhancing substances during his career.

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  1. Larry of Boston

    And we wonder why we have a $14 trillion deficit. Secretary Geithner goes before a Congressional and straight out lies under oath that he did not know how to do his taxes using the child-proof Turbo tax...and what does Congress do: They put him in charge of the IRS and the Treasury. That laughter in the background in the rest of the world.

    It is time for term limits for Congress - 2 four year terms and you are out -and NO lifetime pension and healthcare benefits. That will rid us of the career beauracrats whose only interest is staying in office as long aspossible to take a free ride on the taxpayers.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cestlavie3

    Unfortunately for Roger, his conscience wont grant him a mistrial.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    The debt ceiling. The Iraq and Afghan wars. The economy. Health care. Should we really be wasting time worrying about baseball players that are shrinking their pee-pee's by using steroids?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • KinNYC

      Couldn't have said it better Nick!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RON

    oops.!.....make that e x e r c i s e

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hammer

    You had to know this would be the outcome. Also these comments IMO seem to give Roger the okay that his lying is ok also. But when Barry did the same thing there was a huge outcry for throwing the bookkk at him. I wonder why some can get public backing and those who might look different are reviled. Call it privliged or it's okay for a guy who has overwhelming proof that he used roids, against a guy who has noone of substance who point a finger and say I know you did roids. Is this justice or just us against them.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andy

    Lied under oath... are you refering to congress men? or other elected officals.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jer

    Really..nobody cares about Roger Clemens anymore. Why the federal government is even involved in this in the first place is beyond anyone. Maybe we should start handling some real issues. Like the big bank CEOs getting 20 million dollar bonuses for driving the economy into the toilet

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. geoz

    I'm not surprised that so few other comments are concerned about telling lies under oath. The truth seems to matter so little.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark B

    Yes! Why are we wasting money on a retired player. Shouldn't our tax dollars be spent on improving our nation? Like helping people get jobs? Or fixing the budget?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • os

      In a perfect world, all such lies would be actionable.

      In the world as it is, the lies that matter are not always prosecuted so that we can concentrate on lies that don't matter over an "issue" that never was one, except in baseball circles. Twisted priorities, fiscal and more irresponsibility - that's what DOES matter to the many calling on the feds to drop this matter.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Who cares. Did'nt Bill CLinton commit perjury and nothing happened to him. What a waste of time and money. So what if he took steriods, it's his body let him do what he wants.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrX4000

      It is his body .... and he did do what he wanted .... the problem is he lied to congress ... if they don't go after him for it then everyone ( well more people than already do ) will just lie when called before them ... they have to make an example outta him .... they really don't care about the roids ... it's the lying to congress 😉

      July 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Clinton was impeached fool!

      July 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Albert Belle

    Baseball and steroids is serious political business, ramifications will be felt by the American people for ages, lock this man away before he destroys the nation more. What a sickening waste of time.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Why are we investigating Baseball & Steroids? Shouldn't Congress be taking care of the people and let Baseball take care of itself? That's why they were given Anti[-Trust exemption. This is a farce!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jinx62

    Hall of Shamer-*BIG ASTERISK*- ok let's move on to more pressing issues lol

    July 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. james

    Barry lied, ridiculed in public. Roger lied, let's push it under the rug. Yeah, I know, same ole s-, just a different day.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    your justice system is a complete joke! where do these morons(prosecutors) go to law school, this it not kangaroo court here! this is the real deal, and in less than a week they let a murdurer get off killing her child, and now one of the most poular pitchers to ever play the game walk because of a technicality. And you wonder why the rest of the world is laughing at you. Good luck on August the 2nd, I'll be laughing.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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